Immigrate or Study in the United Kingdom

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Overview

The U.K., made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is an island nation in northwestern Europe. England – birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture. England is also site of neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge.

Wages & Salaries

The following are the rates for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage (per hour) effective April 2017:

  • 25 and over:   £7.50  (was £7.20)
  • 21 to 24:   £7.05  (was £6.95)
  • 18 to 20:   £5.60  (was £5.55)
  • Under 18:   £4.05  (was £4.00)
  • Apprentice:   £3.50  (was £3.40)

 

Source: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates last accessed on November 9, 2017

Cost of Living

The following table shows a comparison of average living expenses (quoted in GBP currency) across four cities in United Kingdom to give you a glimpse on how much you would need to live in various parts of the country:  

Expense * London Bristol Leicester Edinburgh
Apartment, 1BR in City Centre 1,650.44 842.86 545.71 718.79
Apartment, 1BR outside of City Centre 1,182.56 682.81 449.17 567.80
Basic utilities e.g. electricity, heating, water, garbage for an 85 sq.m. apartment 137.03 127.27 159.50 104.46
Internet, 60Mbps or more, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL 26.24 26.18 21.80 27.55
Transportation, Monthly Pass Regular Price 132.00 66.00 45.00 54.00
Gasoline, 1 liter 1.20 1.19 1.14 1.18
Regular Milk, 1 liter 0.91 0.86 0.89 0.90
White Rice, 1 kg. 1.37 1.14 1.04 1.53
Loaf of Fresh White Bread, 500g 1.05 0.81 0.93 1.00
Eggs, 1 dozen 2.11 1.81 1.57 2.20
Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless 6.52 6.64 5.20 6.55
Beef round, 1kg, 8.26 9.20 8.60 9.32
Potato, 1 kg. 1.37 0.97 0.96 1.31
Tomato, 1 kg. 2.07 1.67 1.70 2.13
Banana, 1kg. 1.07 0.90 0.79 1.30
Water, 1.5 liter bottle 0.96 1.04 1.04 1.17
Domestic Beer, .5 liter bottle 1.78 1.82 1.23 1.60
Meal, inexpensive restaurant 15.00 13.00 10.00 12.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or equivalent Combo Meal) 5.50 6.00 5.15 5.50
Cappuccino, regular 2.66 2.69 2.49 2.54
Cinema, International Release 12.00 9.70 8.55 10.00
Pair of Levi jeans or similar 64.77 58.53 53.83 56.37
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store e.g. Zara, H&M 31.91 28.75 25.00 26.18
Toyota Corolla 1.61 97kW Comfort or equivalent new car 19,529.70 19,000 17.800 20,775

 * All expenses are quoted in GBP as of Nov 9, 2017.  Source of data is http://www.numbeo.com/ 

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